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December 08, 1987

Pele, the retired Brazilian soccer star, said in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazi, that he preferred having the 1994 World Cup held in Latin America's largest country.

The 47-year-old Pele said: "Like any Brazilian, I personally believe it would be best if the World Cup were held in Brazil."

He said he had been misinterpreted in the past when the local press quoted him as saying the World Cup should be held in the United States.

Last August he was quoted as saying: "Soccer needs something new and the United States represents that. Brazil's precarious economic situation does not give the country the necessary conditions to host the World Cup."

In the more recent interview, Pele said the United States was the best second option should Brazil bow out.

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